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UNDP supports DOTr to Push for Sustainable Transport Systems in the Philippines

Jan 7, 2020 | News

On 07 January 2020, The Department of Transportation with support from UNDP organized the Low Carbon Transport Forum 2020 at Novotel Manila, Quezon City. The Forum is one of the major activities of the Promotion of Low Carbon Urban Transport Systems (LCT) in the Philippines Project which is funded by the Global Environment Facility.

Lodged under the Office of the Undersecretary for Road Transport and Infrastructure, LCT Project is implemented by UNDP in partnership with the DOTr. It is aimed primarily to contribute towards SDG 11 specifically in providing access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all. The Forum served as part of the LCT Project’s approach to engage key stakeholders from national and local governments, academe, civil society and private sector to help address key barriers in the development and commercialization of low carbon transport systems such as electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrid vehicles, including Automated Guideway Transit.

Deputy Resident Representative Enrico Gaveglia delivered a message of support during the opening of the Low Carbon Transport Forum:

“With the on-going news on climate-induced disasters hitting us hard daily, it is odd that in 2020, we still have to make an economic cae for “decarbonisation”. Really? We have passed the time of good intentions for sustainable development; it is now about regeneration of what has gone lost. And it is, I am afraid, a different ball game altogether.”

Also present at the event are DOTr OIC-Undersecretary for Road Transport and Infrastructure and LCT National Project Director Mark Richmund de Leon and Assistant Secretary for Planning and Project Development Sheilah Napalang. The LGUs from the Project’s pilot sites were also invited, with Santa Rosa, Baguio, and Iloilo cities given the opportunity to present the transport challenges and opportunities in their hometown. According to EnP. Ermin V. Lucino, City Planning and Development Office Sta. Rosa City:

“Sta. Rosa is in a very good position to support the rapid expansion of the private sector because of the numerious transport infrastructure developments around the area such as the modernization of the railway connecting Calamba and Clark, the opening of the Cavite-Laguna Expressway, and the ferry system in Laguna lake. The development plan is multi-nodal and is not just focused on the widening of roads.”

Other presentations in the program tackled the Philippine Government’s PUV Modernization Program, Government Product Standards on PUVs, Access to Financing for Transport Cooperatives and Effective Business Models. Private sector key players that were invited to share their experience are Global Electric Transport (GET), eSakay (MERALCO), TOJO Motors, Star8 Green Technology, and the Public Transport Alliance of GenSan (PTAG). PTAG Chairman Mr. Robert Cang shared about good practices in the success of their cooperative’s modernized fleet.

“Five units lang yung unang inutang namin kasi natatakot kami. Wala pang nauna sa amin. Nasa trial stage pa tayo lahat pati ang national government. So ngayon naririnig na rin si Taguig coop na successful yung pag-run nila with a modernized fleet. (We only loaned for five units because we had apprehension. No one else took the risk before us. We are all in the trial stage, including the national government. But now we heard that even Taguig Cooperative is successful in running its modernized fleet).”

The LCT Project runs until November 2021 with the primary target to curb Greenhouse Gas Emission by 69,013 tCO2e and to mobilize cumulative investment in low carbon vehicle projects by approximately USD 20,000,000, with direct impact on policy-making, livelihood, and enhanced capacities of local and national governments.

Speakers, panelists, and delegates pose for a group photo at the end of the event.